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ToonBoom Flip Boom

Moving layers around By Ko Maruyama
This "simple" little animation studio from ToonBoom called Flip Boom has really caught my attention.  I spent several hours this weekend playing around with the software, making silly animations with my kids, and writing some tutorials which are more about using the software than they are about animation technique.

When you're using Flip Boom, you might be surprised to find that there is a lot of animation that you can complete with the 4 buttons to manipulate the images.  All you need is a simple Wacom tablet (I'm using the Wacom Bamboo for all of the testing with this software).

Four Buttons.

Doesn't seem like much control, but the great part about having only four buttons is that it's really easy to learn.  

If you want to know some of the hidden tricks, I've picked up a few.  The first is the sorting of layers.  Flip Boom paints one stroke on top of the next, stacking them up and up and up - unless you use the "Behind" tool which stacks them down, and down and down.  You can do a little bit of re-ordering the layers if you're patient.  Using CUT / PASTE is one way to do it.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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